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Arkansas cancels hearing for satanic display at Capitol

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 23, 2017 at 6:08 p.m.

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This 2014 photo provided by The Satanic Temple shows a bronze Baphomet, which depicts Satan as a goat-headed figure with two children.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas officials have canceled a hearing on a satanic monument proposed near the state Capitol, saying a new law prevents them from considering the display until it's approved by the Legislature.

The secretary of state's office sent a letter Thursday to the Satanic Temple saying a bill signed into law this week prevents the Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission from considering the proposed Baphomet statue. A hearing had been scheduled in May for the monument, which was proposed in response to a Ten Commandments display lawmakers authorized in 2015.

The Satanic Temple argued the new law shouldn't apply retroactively to its proposal and said a lawsuit over the decision was "imminent."

Previous law allowed the commission to consider monument proposals and issue recommendations, although none could be built without legislative approval.

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BirdDogsRock says... February 23, 2017 at 6:48 p.m.

Onward Christian soldiers
Marching as to war
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before.
~
Christ the royal master
Leads against the foe
Forward into battle
See His banners go.

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arkateacher54 says... February 23, 2017 at 7:01 p.m.

Could we please quit beating around the bush and tell these satanic idiots where to get off? Say whatever you want about free speech and equal whatever, there is no reason whatsoever to even give these freaks the time of day. I have said it before - they can go to hell,which they should be perfectly fine with.

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BirdDogsRock says... February 23, 2017 at 7:17 p.m.

arkteacher, you are a model representative of the Golden Rule (sarcasm)

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NoUserName says... February 23, 2017 at 7:48 p.m.

Free speech and equal whatever? arkteacher demonstrating why Arkansas students rank near the bottom. Congrats!

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ARMNAR says... February 23, 2017 at 7:50 p.m.

It scares me to think that arkateacher was actually a teacher.

Our children deserve better than that.

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MuleriderRob says... February 23, 2017 at 10:18 p.m.

One thing is for sure, Arkteacher is correct. The backers of the Satanic Display are purchasing a direct one way ticket to Hell!

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Kharma says... February 23, 2017 at 11:25 p.m.

People are free to worship or not to worship, and if the elect to worship they are privileged to bow down to such deity or deities as is their pleasure.

Despite what the adherents of the seeming majority religion may believe, they may not force their beliefs on others, nor may they use the power of the government to make believers of other religions or non-believers feel ostracized.

If you want your Christian monuments on public property, then it is only Constitutional if it is part of a greater and open display of many religions and non-religions. They same goes for holiday displays and those for various and sundry "codes" (like say the Christian Commandments, the Code of Hammurabi, &c.)

What would be sweet would be for "Christians" to stop trying to force their beliefs on others through the gross and extralegal misuse of public property and resources. WWJD people?

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wolfman says... February 23, 2017 at 11:48 p.m.

Why are Ten Commandments allowed on the grounds. Oh that's right that's what we are suppose to believe. I say remove anything not government related. Fair is fair.

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